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Screened-In Porch: How to Clean Window Screens

November 07, 2014 Categories: Home Renovation Tips

In this post you will learn…

  • When you should clean your home window screens.
  • The steps you need to take to properly clean your home window screens.
  • Learn how to preserve your Stanek® Windows by downloading our care and maintenance guide.

Learn more about how to clean your home window screens.Window screens - everyone has them, but most of us don’t pay much attention to them, even though they’re great assets to have on your home or apartment windows. They keep out unwanted insects and allow an extra measure of safety. When the weather is nice outside, it’s easy to open a window and let some fresh air in the house. This is when most of us usually realize that our window screens haven’t been cleaned in quite some time.

Cleaning window screens is not nearly as difficult as general window cleaning. In fact, you can and should remove the screens and take them out in the yard for cleaning. In this post, we’ll go over a few simple outdoor cleaning tips. If you have a screened-in porch built by Patio Enclosures®, it’s very easy to remove the screen rolling panel and spray with a hose.

Learn how to clean your home window screen with the tips below.

How to remove your window screensStep One: Preparation

You’ll need a plastic bucket, a sponge or brush, and some rubber gloves. Just about any type of brand name cleaner can be used, but many people like using products with ammonia for cleaning window screens. If you don’t like the smell of ammonia just use an all-purpose household cleaner.

Step Two: Washing

You’ll need to work near a water hose. Lay a tarp down on the ground to prevent the screens from picking up dirt and debris from your yard. Next, put on your rubber gloves and fill the bucket with warm water and your cleaner. Dip the sponge or brush into the soapy water and begin wiping the screen down from top to bottom. Turn it over and do the same for the other side and be sure to wipe around the frame to get the grime off of it too.

Step Three: Rinsing

Get the water hose now and turn it on to a medium pressure. Spray both sides of the screen including the frame to remove all the soap and dirt. After you are done rinsing, tap the screen on the ground several times to shake the excess water off of it. You will want to let the screens dry before you put them back on your windows. If you have a concrete patio or garage area, where you can lean the screens against the house, then this would be the perfect place to let them dry. They’ll need about two hours to dry thoroughly.

How to reinstall window screens Step Four: Reinstallation

Once they are dry, you will need to reinstall the screens around the house. If you have various-size screens, then it can be helpful to group them by room or just wash the screens one room at a time. As you reinstall the screens, check them for damage and make a note of any that might need replacing. It’s a good idea to do this while the screens are off the windows, since it will be much easier to measure if any need to be replaced.

Window screens are an important feature on any house, but once they get years of grime and dirt on them, they can actually make your windows appear dingy. It only takes a couple of hours to do this chore plus you can do it outside during spring or summer. That means you’re getting some fresh air and sunshine and working on your tan while completing an important household chore. Cleaning window screens will give your home a fresh new look and feel.

If you find that you’re window screens are in need of replacement, trust Stanek® Windows with all of your needs. FlexScreen, the standard window screen in our double-hung and sliding window styles, is the world’s first flexible window screen, that’s as easy to clean, as it is to install! Schedule a free, in-home estimate today to get started.